AUGUSTA, Ga. — Kansas City native and two-time Masters champion Tom Watson helped get the tournament underway as an honorary starter along side two of golf’s greats.

Watson followed Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as the trio hit a ceremonial drive off the first tee.

A champion in 1977 and 1981, Watson shared kind words for his fellow starters.

“I would like to say how honored I am to be with Gary and Jack. I’ve watched this ceremony many times in the past with Arnie, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson and to be a part of this thing, I’m truly humbled,” Watson said.

Watson holds the record for the most consecutive tournaments with at least one subpar round (21). He debuted in 1970 and retired from the sport in 2019.

Watson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988.

The three golf legends shared an embrace as the 86th Masters Tournament was officially underway.